Each day is a performance. We faithfully play our part and interact with the characters of our story. But we often forget we are in a play and there is more to life than the stories we’ve assumed.
We live in story and need story to help us to navigate the many twists and turns of life.
Stories allow us to make sense of our world and work, our relationships and even our sexuality.
Like characters in a play, we live our life following a general plot and script. And this makes things a lot easier as we don’t have to figure out a new role each morning.
We generally know what is expected of us and from others, and we can simply show up and play our part.
And over the years, we’ve become really good at the parts we play – like a good actor who truly embodies and has become one with his role.
For the most part this works fine. Until we forget we’re in a play.
Scripts are helpful but also limiting. All too often we assume our role in a small story and forget the larger story being played out as well.
For instance, we can receive a standing ovation for our parts at work, home, and church and still miss the larger role God is calling us into.
These smaller roles are not wrong per se, but only incomplete. There is more to us than any one part we might be playing.
Remembering we are in a play allows us to exercise our freedom – to revise our small parts as needed to better align with the larger story God is telling.
Play your part and remember you are in a play. Don’t let your small story block you from the larger story God is inviting you into.